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A Husky tactical support vehicle prepares to find simulated improvised explosive devices using ground penetrating radar during a field training exercise Dec. 13, 2014, at training site GE on Camp Lejeune, N.C. Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, performed a route clearance exercise, ridding a roadway of simulated IED’s so that other vehicles could safely travel the route.
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An explosive ordnance disposal technician with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion prepares an explosive during a field exercise Dec. 14, 2014, at EOD site 3 on Camp, Lejeune, N.C. Marines used this method to eliminate a simulated improvised explosive device.
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An explosive ordnance disposal technician with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, puts a flag next to a simulated submunition during a response call at EOD site 3 aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 14, 2014. EOD techs marked all the submunitions and disposed of them by means of explosives.
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Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion prepare explosives to dispose of submunitions at EOD site 3 aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 14, 2014. EOD techs used the main-line branch-line technique, which places explosives next to submunitions to properly dispose of them.
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Staff Sgt. Mike Hill, explosive ordnance disposal technician with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, probes the dirt at a blast site during a simulated post-blast analysis call during a field exercise at EOD site 3 at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 15, 2014.  EOD techs used probes to search for any buried improvised explosive devises.
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A combat engineer with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion uses a metal detector to search for possible simulated improvised explosive devices during a route clearance exercise at training area GE aboard Camp Lejeune, Dec. 15, 2014. Marines with 2nd CEB and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion worked together to clear a route of mock IEDs using tools, such as metal detectors, Talon robots, Huskies and Buffaloes.
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A Buffalo mine protected route clearance vehicle's arm digs in the ground to find a possible improvised explosive device during a route clearance exercise Dec. 13, 2014, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion worked with Marines from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion to find possible IED threats on a route and properly dispose of them so vehicles could safely move through the route.
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Sgt. Nick Graham, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, and a Queen Creek, Ariz. native, pulls a possible simulated improvised explosive device found in the ground. This method allowed the technicians to observe objects from a safe distance.
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Sgt. James Downes, explosive ordnance disposal technician with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, and a Hermiston, Ore. native, and Sgt. Nick Graham, EOD technician with the unit and a Queen Creek, Ari. native, control a robot from their vehicle during a field training exercise Dec. 13, 2014, at EOD site 3 on Camp Lejeune, N.C. Robots allowed EOD techs to view and assess their surroundings from a distance during simulated possible improved explosive device threats.
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Lance Cpl. Edwin Centofanti, a machine-gunner with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and native of Youngstown, Ohio, engages a target on G-21 Machine Gun Range with an M249 light machine gun during a live-fire training exercise Dec. 11, 2014. “It is good training, lots of our Marines establish a base line,” said Blair. “They can go back to the basics and on to the next level with everyone at the same page.  Training like this helps build the unit up together, and that keeps everyone combat ready and tactically proficient.”
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Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conduct M249 light machine gun training at G-21 Machine Gun Range aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 11, 2014. Marines honed in on weapon skills and knowledge as they engaged various targets at unknown distances during different live-fire scenarios.
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Lance Cpl. Edwin Centofanti, a machine-gunner with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and native of Youngstown, Ohio, engages a target on G-21 Machine Gun Range with an M249 light machine gun during a live-fire training exercise Dec. 11, 2014. “It is good training, lots of our Marines establish a base line,” said Blair. “They can go back to the basics and on to the next level with everyone at the same page.  Training like this helps build the unit up together, and that keeps everyone combat ready and tactically proficient.”
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Lance Cpl. Edwin Centofanti, a machine-gunner with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and native of Youngstown, Ohio (left), loads and closes an M249 light machine gun for Lance Cpl. Michael Hobbs, an anti-tank missleman with the battalion and native of Phoenix, Arizona, during a unit training exercise held at G-21 Machine Gun Range, aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 11, 2014. Marines conducted this training to keep up weapon system knowledge and improve on their skills with the machine gun to remain prepared to hold up the battalion’s purpose during deployments.
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A KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 rises toward the southwestern sky at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Dec. 17, 2014.
VMGR-252 is a heavy lift, troop transport and aerial refueler squadron with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and supports Marine Air-Ground Task Force training and operations in the United States and abroad.
Cherry Point is home to 2nd MAW and several of its squadrons. Its runways operate 24/7, 365 days each year, and the air station hosts squadrons that specialize in air-to-ground attack support; electronic warfare; aerial transport and refueling; and sea and land search and rescue.
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members engage in a simulated firefight Dec. 9 during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The JGSDF members are with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Drew Tech/Released)
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members move a mock wounded comrade to safety Dec. 9 during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The JGSDF members are with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Drew Tech/Released)
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